Simon Carlisle is a police Technical Support Officer who is called to the scene of a violent death in a world where this is an extreme rarity. The population has cranial implants from birth that prevent them from committing violent acts. He is hiding a secret of his own - He has mental control over his implant.
In this near future story, Simon is called on to attend the location of anyone who has died to carry out the initial examination. His 'patch' is Wimbledon in South London and one October night he is called out to examine the body of a young woman who has been stabbed to death and left on the street. It should be near impossible for this to have happened as everyone has a microcircuit embedded in their head that causes the secretion of calming hormones when they become stressed. Violent crime is virtually unknown.
Carlisle keeps secret from his family and work colleagues the knowledge that he can, if he concentrates, effectively turn off his implant. He has a remarkable mental ability that allows him to interface directly with electrical devices and this even extends to the nervous system of the human body.
Intrigued by the extraordinary murder, he checks the autopsy report when he returns to the office and finds that the case is even stranger than he first thought as this woman had no brain implant. He decides that he will make an investigation in his own time as he is not a detective and cannot do this officially. He uncovers a world that he did not know existed but, in so doing, he puts his life and the lives of his loved ones in danger.
The murder victim's implant has been removed by a shadowy organisation that soon becomes aware that Carlisle is delving into their affairs. Government agents want the information to be kept confidential and soon he finds that his colleagues turn against him. He finds himself friendless and in grave danger.˃˃˃ Near Future Science Fiction Novel
This is the second science fiction novel written by Stephen Sackleigh and is based in the near future. It has more than 220 pages and 70K words.Scroll up and grab a copy today.
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This book worked in several ways. The main narrator, Simon, was intriguing. The moral conundrum posed by the mind chips also worked well. The female characters, however, were 2D and the writing could be a little clunky at times. On the whole, however, it was an enjoyable read and reminded me strongly of Phillip K. Dick's work.Read Full Review of Killer Minds